28. A Bill for the Preservation of the Estates of Ideots and Lunatics
Be it enacted by the General Assembly that the lands, tenements and chattels, of ideots and lunatics, shall be safely kept without waste and destruction, and they and their household shall live and be maintained competently with the profits of the same, and the residue, besides their sustentation, shall be kept for their use, to be delivered unto them when they come to right mind: And if they die in such estate their lands shall be rendered to the right heirs and their chattels be distributed.
Report description begins Report of the Committee of Revisors Appointed by the General Assembly of Virginia in MDCCLXXVI, Richmond, 1784 description ends , p. 24. Text of Act as adopted is in Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends xii, 165.
Bill was presented by Madison 31 Oct. 1785, passed by House 26 Nov., and approved by Senate 29 Nov. (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1785, 1828 edn., p. 12–15, 51, 58, 63, 132). Act as adopted differs from Bill as proposed only in the addition of a clause putting it into effect 1 Jan. 1787. See Bill No. 62, below; see also the terms of the Act of 1769 concerning the treatment of mentally incompetent persons having estates (Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends viii, 380–1).